To bridge the gap between technology and teaching methodology as well as curriculum and to enhance the exchange on technology-based Chinese language teaching, a biennial conference TCLT1 (The 1st Conference on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching in the 21st Century) was initiated and hosted by Hamilton College, June 8-11, 2000. With the success of TCLT1, TCLT2 was co-sponsored by Yale University and Hamilton College (Yale University, June 7-9, 2002) followed by TCLT3, which was co-sponsored by Columbia University and Hamilton College (Columbia University, May 28-30, 2004), TCLT4, which was co-sponsored by University of Southern California and Hamilton College (University of Southern California, May 5-7, 2006), and TCLT5 which was co-sponsored by University of Macau and Hamilton College (University of Macau, June 6-8, 2008). TCLT6 will be held at Ohio State University, June 12-14, 2010. So far over 400 scholars from the U.S. and overseas have participated in TCLT conferences and workshops, and TCLT series has had a profound influence in the field of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. A combination of in-depth panel discussions exclusively on technolology-based Chinese language teaching and free hands-on workshops to teach up-to-date new technology on Chinese language teaching is the feature of TCLT conference.o-
Since many overseas scholars (from 13 countries) attended TCLT1 and TCLT2 which had actually turned into international conferences, TCLT3 was named the 3rd International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching in the 21st Century, henceforth followed by TCLT4 and after-coming conferences.
Funding for TCLT conferences and workshops was from the President's Office of Hamilton College, the Dean's Office of Hamilton College, the Center for Language Study at Yale University, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Center at Columbia University, the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning headquarters at Yale University, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, Cultural Division, and College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Macau, National East Asian Languages Resource Center, East Asian Studies Center, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Foreign Language Center at Ohio State University.
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